AFC West: Final Word 2010 Wild Card

Final Word: Ravens-Chiefs

January, 7, 2011
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Wild-card Final Word: NY Jets-Indy | Baltimore-K.C. | N.O.-Seattle | G.B.-Philadelphia

Three nuggets of knowledge about Sunday’s Chiefs-Ravens wild-card game:

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AP Photo/John SwartJoe Montana was the quarterback the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game.
Is this the end of Weis in Kansas City? This could be the final game of the short Charlie Weis era in Kansas City. Weis is leaving as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator to take the same job at the University of Florida. Weis will stay with the Chiefs until their season is over. If the Chiefs lose to the Ravens, the next pressing job for Chiefs coach Todd Haley will be to hire Weis’ replacement. Among the names Haley could look at are Chiefs assistant coaches Maurice Carthon and Nick Sirianni. Arizona assistant Mike Miller, who previously worked with Haley, and Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy are also possibilities.

Ready to bounce back: The Chiefs are coming off one of their worst games of the season, a 31-10 regular-season finale loss to the Raiders. The Chiefs have prided themselves in bouncing back from bad losses this season, although they did lose back-to-back games twice (Weeks 5-6 and 9-10). Still, the Chiefs have come up big with convincing wins to avoid a three-game skid. Kansas City guard and leader Brian Waters said this week that it is not in the Chiefs’ “DNA” to recoil after tough losses. He expects the team to bounce back from the Oakland beatdown and play tough against the Ravens. Really, what choice do the Chiefs have? If they lose back-to-back games for a third time this season, there will be no more chances for redemption.

History is not on the Chiefs’ side: The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since the 1993 season, when they were led by Joe Montana. Kansas City has lost six straight playoff games. If the Chiefs lose Sunday, it will be an NFL record of seven playoff losses in a row.

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